Dr. C.R. Hill, Jr. is an ordained United Methodist Minister in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He began his ministry following his tour of duty in the U.S. Army. C.R. has an AA degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs Georgia, and a BSED from the University of Georgia in Athens Georgia. He received his MDIV and DMIN degrees from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served under appointment in pastoral ministry since 1963 having served twelve congregations. Among them Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta and Conyers First UMC in Conyers Georgia. As Senior Pastor of McDonough First UMC for thirteen years he led that congregation to grow in membership by 100% and establish the Wesley Way United Methodist Church. Likewise at Canton First UMC for ten years the congregation grew by 100% and built a 900 set worship and educational complex.
In addition to his pastoral ministry C.R. has served on numerous conference and district boards and agencies. Included among these the Board of Ordained Ministries for eight years, and the Conference Committee on Global Ministries for eight years. He served as Chair of the Griffin District Committee on Ordained Ministries for eight years. He has also served as Dean of the North Georgia School of Christian Missions. From 2001 to 2011 he has served on the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees. C.R. has written hundreds of sermons, poems, and articles as well as published several books, Between Two Worlds, Light From Beyond the Veil, Through The Frosted Window. I Talked With Him This Morning, and To Walk In Heaven’s Light.
C.R. retired at the 2011 session of the North Georgia Conference. After retiring, he continued in ministry through serving as a Hospital Chaplin, served as Chaplin at Reinhardt University Spring Semester, 2017. C.R. is currently serving as pastor at Wesley Chapel UMC in Dahlonega, GA as well as ministers through writing poems for his blog site, Poems For Morning Prayer. When he is not busy with these endeavors he enjoys bicycling, along with reconditioning and restoring vintage bicycles, woodcarving, reading, and fly fishing.
On December 27, 2016, C.R. ‘s wife of fifty-three years lost her battle to cancer. His latest book, To Walk In Heaven’s Light is dedicated to his late wife, Jackie. The book is a collection of poems that C.R. has written in dedication to those who have entered into their eternal home. It is his prayer that this book of poems will bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones.
C.R. has two married children, three grandsons, one granddaughter-n-law, one great-granddaughter, and is excited about the expected great-grandson that will arrive late Summer.